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Apr 17, 2015

Home from Brussels, Hill assures Britons EU is close to them

LONDON (Reuters) – European Union policymakers are much more favorable to British interests and ideas than many Britons think, Prime Minister David Cameron’s nominee to the EU executive told an audience from the City of London on Friday.

Three weeks before an election in which Cameron has tried to fend off Eurosceptics by promising a referendum on leaving the EU if voters return him to power, Jonathan Hill, EU financial services commissioner, said he had been struck since arriving in Brussels how much common ground there was with London.

Apr 17, 2015

EU’s British finance chief woos London capital market leaders

LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – European Union plans to help
markets raise more funds for the economy play to London’s
strengths as a global trading centre, the bloc’s financial
services chief Jonathan Hill told leading bankers and dealers on
Friday.

In his first speech to London’s financial community since
his appointment to the European Commission last November, the
former Conservative minister went out of his way to praise
London for its ability to innovate and adapt to change.

Apr 16, 2015

EU accuses Google of hurting consumers, competitors in Web search case

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating consumers and competitors by distorting Web search results to favor its own shopping service, after a five-year investigation that could change the rules for business online.

It also started another antitrust investigation into the Android mobile operating system, a key element in Google’s strategy to maintain revenues from online advertising as people switch from Web browser searches to smartphone apps.

Apr 16, 2015

After charging Google, EU antitrust chief declares independence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google boss Eric Schmidt might have missed it in the uproar over the EU’s antitrust charges against the U.S. tech giant, but European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager wants to congratulate him.

It was a throwaway line in an hour-long press conference in Brussels as Vestager moved dramatically against Google a day ahead of her first big working visit to the United States. The EU accused Google of abusing its dominance of Internet searches to push its own products.

Apr 15, 2015

EU charges Google in Internet search anti-trust case

BRUSSELS, April 15 (Reuters) – The European Union accused
Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating competitors by
distorting Internet search results to favour its shopping
service, and launched another antitrust investigation into its
Android mobile operating system.

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the U.S.
tech giant, which dominates Internet search engines worldwide,
had been sent a Statement of Objections – effectively a charge
sheet – to which it can respond. She also said other probes into
Google’s business practices would continue.

Apr 15, 2015

EU charges Google over shopping searches, to probe Android

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating competitors by distorting Internet search results in favor of its Google Shopping service and also launched an antitrust probe into its Android mobile operating system.

In a statement, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the U.S. tech giant, which dominates Internet search engines globally, had been sent a Statement of Objections — effectively a charge sheet — to which it can respond.

Mar 29, 2015

Digging deep, Belgian coalfield shows where Van Gogh emerged

MONS, Belgium (Reuters) – It is fitting tribute to the role the Belgian coalfield around Mons played in Van Gogh’s emergence as an artist that the city has made a rare show of his early works a focus of its year as European Capital of Culture.

From the clumsy sketches with which the 25-year-old Dutch lay preacher began to drawings flowing with the energy that marked his later painting, “Van Gogh in the Borinage: Birth of an Artist” at Beaux Arts Mons is a treat for the academic and casually curious alike. It ought, too, to inspire perseverance in any would-be creator — even Van Gogh started out with dross.

Mar 29, 2015

Digging deep, Belgian coalfield shows where Van Gogh emerged

MONS, Belgium (Reuters) – It is fitting tribute to the role the Belgian coalfield around Mons played in Van Gogh’s emergence as an artist that the city has made a rare show of his early works a focus of its year as European Capital of Culture.

From the clumsy sketches with which the 25-year-old Dutch lay preacher began to drawings flowing with the energy that marked his later painting, “Van Gogh in the Borinage: Birth of an Artist” at Beaux Arts Mons is a treat for the academic and casually curious alike. It ought, too, to inspire perseverance in any would-be creator — even Van Gogh started out with dross.

Mar 28, 2015

Portugal pushes for closer euro zone integration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Portugal has presented proposals for closer economic coordination between the countries of the euro zone as the bloc tries to put crises over Greece and other big debtor states behind it.

EU ministers will study the Portuguese discussion paper, entitled “The Missing Piece in the Economic and Monetary Union Puzzle: Economic Policy Coordination”, ahead of a summit of leaders in June at which they are expected to outline plans to strengthen the single currency area over coming years.

Mar 28, 2015

Portugal pushes for closer euro zone integration

BRUSSELS, March 28 (Reuters) – Portugal has presented
proposals for closer economic coordination between the countries
of the euro zone as the bloc tries to put crises over Greece and
other big debtor states behind it.

EU ministers will study the Portuguese discussion paper,
entitled “The Missing Piece in the Economic and Monetary Union
Puzzle: Economic Policy Coordination”, ahead of a summit of
leaders in June at which they are expected to outline plans to
strengthen the single currency area over coming years.

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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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